COLCHESTER boxer Lewis Richardson is hoping to end a frustrating year on a high when he returns to the ring for Great Britain this week.

The talented pugilist is back to full fitness again after being sidelined for several months with a back injury.

And the Great Britain Boxing squad member makes his return to action on the big stage on Thursday, when he boxes at the 2018 GB Boxing Championships at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield.

Richardson is one of ten men and women from the GB Boxing squad to compete at the event – and the Essex University Boxing Club member says he is determined to put on a good show.

He said: “I’m counting down the days.

“I just want it to be now really and I feel more than ready for it.

“It’s been a long time coming for me but I’ve been fit for a few months now but I’ve had a bit of bad luck with things being cancelled.

“It would be great to get the win to become British champion and have a good break, ready for 2019.

“It would be a perfect way for me to end the year, on my GB debut.

“It’s been something that I’ve been working towards for so long.

“Over the last few years, it’s been the number one thing for me and focusing on boxing.

“The coaches are really happy with how things have gone and I feel I’m peaking at the right time.

“Quite a few of us will be competing at the Championships and we’re pushing each other on – the sparring has been good and competitive.

“We’re all in top shape and the coaches and staff here have made sure that we’re all in the best shape that we can possibly be in.

“I feel brilliant – I feel bigger, stronger and fitter and I can’t wait to get out there and thankfully, there’s no niggles or injuries.

“It’s been a frustrating time for me but I want to turn that into a positive.

“I’m staying calm and composed and I’ll go in there and give it my all.”

Richardson takes on Ramtin Musah in the 75kg category at the Championships.

Musah won the 2018 Elite Three Nations competition contested by the winners of the 2018 National Championships in England, Scotland and Wales.

“We had GB trials at the same time and I did a few rounds with him then,” added Richardson, who has been at the GB Boxing squad in Sheffield since January.

He is sponsored by Datum Group, Maldon Demolition, J Purdy and Sons, Highwoods Health Clinic and Baccus.